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Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Activities: Hiking

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Great View / Quick Hike

Easy peasy hike! Started at Sandy Beach and went south around the point. The trail has a figure 8 type path but all vantage points were gorgeous.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Frederick, Maryland
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Frederick, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Easy peasy hike! Started at Sandy Beach and went south around the point. The trail has a figure 8 type path but all vantage points were gorgeous.

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Mentor, Ohio
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

It's a short hike out to the end of the point. Great views of sand beach , islands and the park. Plenty of great spots for picture taking or just hanging out on the rocks. Visited here 20 years ago as well. Probably do it again in another 20...

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Portland, Maine
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is one of my favorite trails in Bar Harbor. It can be done in a short time, and has beautiful views overlooking Sand Beach and the Ocean. Great for kids or beginning hikers.

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Tampa, FL
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a bit of a sleeper trail. Strongly advise that you follow guide instructions at start at the trail head at the top of the Sand Beach parking lot. Starting on the other side is a much steeper climb up. It was fun coming down, but glad we didn't go up that way. As with any hike in Acadia,... More 

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new jersey
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93 reviews 93 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We were here in mid-April before the park was fully open. We'd hope to hike Beehive but there was still too much snow on the ground. We lucked out with a gorgeous sunny day and it was great to be on the Great Head overlooking the ocean. The hike is somewhere between easy and moderate.

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

The Great Head Trail is somewhere between an easy and moderate hike. It is not too long, less that two miles, but it can be a little longer if you do the entire "figure 8" trek. The highlight of this trip is the amazing view of Sand Beach and Old Soaker (which looks like a whale sticking out of the... More 

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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I lover either hiking across the beach or down the trail through the meadow to get here. A little more strenuous with the ups and downs than the shoreline but great views all around. Some summers we found black flies. When you do they are everywhere, turn around and go back.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This can be a loop trail--most people start and end at the sand beach--or you can combine part of Great Head with Gorham mountain and the shore walk. Either way this is a very attractive hiking area and the fall is a perfect time of year to do it!

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Start from Sand Beach which is also worth spending time and enjoy a view packed walk through the woods. Pay attention to the blue trail markers as it is easy to get turned around. Bring you camera, water and snacks. Not for small children - cliff hazards.

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Gill, Massachusetts
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91 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was a fantastic hike along the top of the ocean cliffs. It is a loop trail. When you reach the end and turn back into the forest take a left when you reach the parking lot. Follow the deserted road back to the Sand Beach Parking lot.

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Address: Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Acadia National Park

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